UCL Urban Laboratory


Tom Bolton

The Bartlett Space Syntax Laboratory

Wrong Side of the Tracks? The Development of London's Railway Terminus Neighbourhoods

The phrase 'wrong side of the tracks' implies that railway lines separate places, with economic and social consequences. London has more railway termini than any other world city, with apparent economic, social and spatial differences between places located in front of and those behind. This thesis analyses eight main London railway termini in two time periods: the 1880s and the 2010s. Analysis of spatial, social and economic characteristics shows how the railway has influenced neighbourhoods over a long period of time. The nature of this influence depends on infrastructure type, viaducts being associated with less separation than other railway structures.

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